Amelia Mary Earhart was born on July 24, 1897 at 11:30 pm, to Amy Otis and Edwin Earhart. Her younger sister, Meriel, was born two years later. The girls stayed with their grandparents for most of the duration of their school years; but with their chaotic lives, of course, Amelia moved to six different schools before she graduated from Hyde Park High School. Earhart played basketball in high school, and then played hockey while attending college at Ogonotz School. Amelia was voted vice- president of her class, her senior year of college, but did not complete that year of school because she moved to Toronto to become a voluntary nurse at Spanida Military Convalescent Hospital. A year later she came back home to live with her mother and sister given that her parents had gotten a divorce. She had had lots of different jobs in between her job as a nurse to her job, later, as a social worker.
In the midst of all of her college life Amelia had taken her first ten minute airplane ride for one dollar, and at that very moment she decided set her mind to learning how to fly. All of the different jobs she had, helped get her 1,000 dollars for flying lessons. Netta Snook (Snooky) was her first flying instructor and she started her first flying lesson on January 3, 1921. She also obtained her first airplane, a secondhand yellow Kinner Airster, she named “The Canary”, in 1901. She worked in a photography studio and as a filing clerk at the Los Angeles Telephone Company to help pay for her plane and flying lessons. Following this, Amelia took her trials for a National Aeronautic Association license on December 15, 1921, and passed. This made her the sixteenth woman to receive one of these licenses. Subsequently, Amelia entered herself at an exhibition flight at the Pacific Coast Ladies Derby at the Sierra Airdrome in Pasadena just two days later.
The summer following her licensure, Amelia was pictured in the Los Angeles Examiner with “The Canary”’ and was quoted in the article saying that she wanted to fly across the continent in the following year. These seemed like impossible expectations for a lady during this time period, but Amelia was determined to do it, and she did. An unofficial women's altitude record of 14,000 feet, was Amelia’s first aviation record, at Rogers Field under the sponsorship of the Aero Club of Southern California on October 22, 1922. This was the beginning of Ms. Earhart being in the public eye. In addition, she had nothing against it because she loved the attention. A few months later, Amelia starred as one of the attractions at an Air Rodeo. She continued her interest in aviation, pursued, and was granted her airline pilot’s license by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale. It was also during this time that she became engaged to Sam Chapman, a man who was boarding at her parents’ home about the time that she took her first interest in flying. She began working in a photography studio until it was met with financial troubles, and she was forced to quit. However, Amelia was anything but at quitter so she decided to set up her own photographic business for a short time, and began taking her camera with her everywhere she went. It was also during these trying economic times that she sold her first airplane.
Amelia bought her second plane within a year. This was more of an investment purchase; since shortly thereafter she sold it to...